Gobbets of the week #22

Here are links to the 10 gobbets of London history I liked best this week. It’s been a great week, with much to choose from, and I had to leave out some fascinating articles. Hope you’ll enjoy these as much as I did: 

1. Astonishing detective work and a poignant story brilliantly told: a River Thames mudlarking find brings to life a World War I soldier. 


2. The Blitz families who built a city underground. 

3. Gruesome but absolutely fascinating:  ‘I hung out with Jeremy Bentham’s severed head, and this is what I learned’! 

4. At Billingsgate Roman bathhouse with the Spitalfields Life blog. 


5. Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London. ‘Like walking in to the Crown Jewels’. 

6. In Lambeth, the spectacular Tradescant Tomb: ‘a world of wonders in one closet shut’. 

7. The Regency Sex Trade.

8. The theatres of Regency London.

9. A tour of the Cabbies’ Shelters. 

10. Will it soon again be possible to die ‘from a surfeit of lampreys‘? Seems so, according to the Guardian. 

And finally, thanks to Kitty Pridden for sharing this beautiful picture of the approach to Old London Bridge, which makes a great introduction to my post on ‘Magnus, the Monument and Mice eating Cheese’.  Thanks Kitty! 


Gobbets of the week #21

It’s been a good week for gobbets. Here are our 10 favourite London history links this week: 

1. Congratulations on Five years of London Historians! 

2. The wonderful world of archaeological poo. 

3. The parts of Roman London that are intact today. 


4. Super postcards of Old London. 

5. Dickens? History? London? It’s all here. 

6. Exhibition – Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon. 


7. An American in Greenwich. 

8. Famous Londoners: Judge Jeffreys. 

9. London’s Fishy Streets. 

10. The Real Goldfinger and Trellick Tower.


More? If you like our weekly gobbets, you might also like some of our longer posts on London’s history: 
Magnus, the Monument and Mice eating Cheese 

Fishwives and Firestarters: a load of old Billingsgate


Gobbets of the week #11

Here are links to the top 10 gobbets of London history that caught our eye this week:

1. Soho stories: six decades of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. 

2. London’s Dreary Dockland: Dame Clara Butt sings at the Savoy, 1923.

3. Smog in the City, 1952.

4. Snuff said: a visit to Fribourg & Pontet, tobacconists of Pall Mall. 

5. Remarkable artworks from Roman London.

6. John Wilkes and the St George’s Fields Massacre of 1768. 

7. The Streets under the Barbican

8. A Wapping boatman, 1938, 

9. 16 fabulous colour photos of a weekend in London, 1959. 

10. Walking London on VE Day, 1945 & 2015.